WipEout unlikely to return, says ex-series dev
- Posted January 7th, 2013 at 07:20 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
Sony’s futuristic racing franchise WipEout is unlikely to make a comeback following the closure of Liverpool Studio last year.
That’s according to an ex-developer of the popular series, which has remained a tent pole franchise for PlayStation platforms since its debut in 1994.
Prior to its closure, SCE Liverpool Studio was rumored to have been working on a new WipEout title for Sony’s next-generation console, codenamed Orbis. However, according to a VG247 interview with Nick Burscombe, this is unlikely to materialise.
Quizzed if we'll see a new title, Burscombe replied: "Who knows? Sony keep things pretty tight regarding plans, but my honest answer is probably not, even though I’d hope so. I’d love to see Sony experiment with some of its IP across other platforms – maybe that’s the ‘Psygnosis’ in me. If I had the chance – I’d love to bring something like Wipeout to iOS.”
"I’d want to go freemium to reach as wide an audience as possible, and then hit them with something utterly spectacular," he added.. "There’s so many ways to monetise a game like Wipeout I think it could be a great success – the trick is to keep the costs under control if you know you’re going to have more of a hardcore following. I think the fans of the franchise deserve another chance to put themselves into that Zen-like state and be at one with it."
The final WipEout title to see release was for PlayStation Vita in the shape of WipEout 2048 last year. Developer Liverpool Studio originally started out life as Psygnosis before being purchased by Sony back in 1993.
- 8:40am EST - January 7th, 2013
Looks like Sony is giving us more arguments "not" to buy thier next console!
- 9:05am EST - January 7th, 2013
Indeed #2. It's definitely gonna be weird seeing a new PlayStation launch without a WipEout :(. Assuming it happens
- 7:24pm EST - January 7th, 2013
Why the hell, as a dev, would you want to butcher your game and put it on iOS.... smh.
I want a WipEout on PS4, Full blown title I pay full price for with lots of content. None of this freemium GARBAGE
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 10:39pm EST - January 7th, 2013
Thats a big shame, I LOVE all the Wipeouts, played them since the beginning of the Playstation brand. I hope they see a different light in the future for this awsome series on the next Playstation.
Ghost-Rhayne | Ghost-Rhayne
- 1:28am EST - January 8th, 2013
I personally think we will still see another WipeOut. I can't see Sony dropping such a unique and staple IP from it's catalog, and Orbis would give continuous eyegasms with this game.
- 1:41am EST - January 9th, 2013
Wipeout needs an overhaul. It's been using a similar physics engine for decades and hasn't really done much to shake up it's play style in it's last few outings. In short it's kinda gotten boring and it needs to start doing something different. Not like Motorstorm though, just something the makes people care again because they don't really now.
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